Roofing material can be a challenge to select, especially if you are working on this selection process remotely or are not familiar with the area in which you are erecting said building in need of a roof. Roofing materials should be selected with the outside elements in mind, and this selection process should be thoughtful, considering both the weather and what kind of material will be most aesthetically pleasing and appealing for the purpose that said roof of said structure will serve.
Roofing material is typically the most outward facing layer on a roof or building. Sometimes roofs are self supporting, but most of the time roofs are supported by an underlying structure of some kind. The roofing materials of a building serve to provide shelter for the inhabitants of the building against the elements, whether those elements be the heat or the cold or the wind or the rain. The roof also serves as an important insulating material when it comes to protection against the elements. Roofs often help buildings either retain or expel hot air or cool air, depending on the temperature. You can make this decision with the natural climate of the area in which you are building in order to select a shingle type that will help you to keep your home well insulated from the outside elements.
There are a massive variety of roofing materials available for those looking for residential roof repair or to add a new roof to an existing structure. Some people chose to go with natural materials, such as thatch and slate, while others look to commercially produced products such as tile and polycarbonate sheeting. Often times, regardless of the roofing material selected, tiles and shingles are placed on top of a secondary layer of roofing material known as the underlayment, which is a water resistant material. As mentioned, there are many ways that one can go when it comes to selecting the right roofing material for you. Thatched roofs specifically refer to roofing materials that are made from plant stalks and arranged in overlapping layers in order to create the roof. Many types of thatch are created for residential or commercial roofing projects. Wheat straw is widely utilized in England, France, and Europe. Seagrass is particularly popular is coastal areas or places where estuaries are particularly frequent fixtures in the landscape. Places like Scotland tend to utilize seagrass as a primary material for thatch. Rye straw offers benefits when used in Eastern Europe and Rice straw is most popular in Eastern Asia.
Perhaps the most important thing to note even when examining just one type of roofing material, is just how important a role local ecosystems and culture play in the selection of roofing materials. Indeed, we can see even in examining the types of thatch used across the world how the environment plays into the selection process. Therefore, pay close attention not only to the material you select’s strength against the elements, but also the cultural significance of the material you chose. Using a local roofing company, such as Campbell Beard Roofing in Denver, will help you make this decision!